Tips for Taking Your Portable Oxygen Concentrator to a Theme Park

Theme parks or amusement parks are hot destinations for many people during the summer months, and you shouldn't have to miss out. If you don't have a portable oxygen concentrator, you can easily and quickly rent one from us, and it will be delivered to your door in just a few days. A portable oxygen concentrator will allow you to go just about anywhere, but you will need to keep a few safety tips in mind.

If you are getting on a plane to get to the amusement park, you will need to call the airline at least 48 hours before your flight to let them know you'll be bringing your portable oxygen concentrator on board with you. All of the portable oxygen concentrators in our rental fleet are FAA approved.

Safety Tips for Bringing Along An Oxygen Concentrator

Stay away from any open flames while using your oxygen concentrator. Even though oxygen itself is non flammable, it does feed flames and cause them to spread much quicker and hotter. If someone is smoking, try to stand no more less than 4 feet from them. Sparklers during Independence Day celebrations can be a series hazard around an oxygen concentrator, but as long as you keep a safe distance, you and the people around you will be fine.

Don't allow your oxygen concentrator to get wet, or it could malfunction or become dangerous. Steer clear of misters that are used to blow on the crowds to keep people cool, or stray splashes from water rides.

Limitations for Oxygen Concentrator Use

Going on a many of the rides with your oxygen concentrator may be completely out of the question. If you want to go on a thrill ride, you will need to wait until you are done using your oxygen concentrator for the time being, and leave it with someone who isn't going on the ride.

If there isn't anyone who isn't going on a particular ride, you can see if you can leave your oxygen concentrator with the staff at a medical facility in the park, or in an air conditioned, indoor locker room. Leaving it in a locker outdoors would be a bad idea, since it can get very hot inside one these lockers, especially if you go on a hot day.

If you need to use continuous oxygen therapy, there are other rides where you may be able to bring your oxygen concentrator, such as a monorail, carousel, or a sky needle that gives you a bird's eye view of the entire park. Most amusement parks also offer plenty of shows and other attractions, just check out the events schedule in your visit's brochure, so you won't miss anything good!

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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  • Bobby Saint

    I like that you provided safety tips when bringing your oxygen concentrator to a theme park such as staying away from open flames or anything flammable. While oxygen is not flammable, it can actually stimulate the spreading of flames much quicker and hotter. Also, it's not advisable for your concentrator to get wet as it could get damaged. If I were to use a portable oxygen concentrator, I would make sure to keep this in mind. Thanks.


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